Chapter 6 (Written by KenW9270)
Nicholas looked up from his phone and pointed out the window. “The RV park I found is the next road on the right. I think I’ll get us a full hook-up for the night so we can leave North Carolina with an empty septic and fully charge everything else.”
“Make it at least three nights. That park with the hang gliding looks totally rad. There’s a lot more we can do.”
“I can’t believe that neither of us has ever been to Kitty Hawk and we’ve both lived in North Carolina our whole lives!”
“That’s why we’re adventuring now, my dude. We have a lot of boring years to make up for.”
“That’s for sure!” Nicholas brushed an unruly lock of blonde hair out of his eyes and looked back at his phone. He browsed through the RV park’s website double checking prices and pulled up the map of the campground, so he’d know where the main office was located. He was still scrolling when he felt the RV come to a stop.
Griff was dozing on the couch when Nicholas banged on the side door and yelled, “Saddle up, buddy. I got us a spot. Let’s go.”
Griff groaned and stretched on his way back to the captain’s chair. “Ok. Ok. Which way?”
“Go past the office, towards the beach. They said our spot is on the left, five spots up from the beach.”
“There it is, I see it.” Griff carefully backed into the parking space and turned off the engine.
“I know its too late to do anything there, but I wanna check out the other campground before we settle in for the night. Unhook the bikes while I hook up the RV. Its only five miles or so. It’ll be good to go for a ride anyway.”
Griff went around to the back of the RV and took their bicycles off the rack and checked the tires to make sure they were ready to go. By the time that Nicholas was ready, Griff was waiting. They followed the beach road and just over thirty minutes later they saw a sign for Kitty Hawk Kites.
“Man, this place is huge. I can’t wait for tomorrow.”
Yeah, Griff, let’s check in at the office and make sure what we have to do or if we need to bring anything or whatever.”
They walked into the office just in time to hear the receptionist say, “I’m sorry, ma’am, the discount only applies if you sign up for five people not three.”
Nicholas recognized the people at the counter, it was little Gustavo and his family. The mom sounded stressed as she responded to the girl at the counter. “But I was specifically told three on the phone.”
“I apologize, ma’am, but whoever told you that was incorrect.”
Nicholas stepped forward. “Hi. Excuse me a moment. Is this for hang gliding lessons.”
“Wait your turn, sir.” The girl said sarcastically.
“Hold that thought.” Nicholas said to the girl, then turned to Gustavo’s mom. “We met at the gas station, remember?”
“Oh, yes. Hello.”
“Well, my friend and I were also gonna sign up for lessons. If you’re signing up for tomorrow morning, how about we do it together and we’ll have five?”
“Oh! Thank you so much! Yes, its for tomorrow morning.”
After they were all signed up, they made plans to meet at the training center at ten the next morning. Walking out of the office, Griff leaned into Nicholas’ shoulder. “You are the absolute sweetest guy in the world. You know that, right?” Nicholas blushed and kept walking to the bikes.
By the time they got back to the RV park and ate dinner it was already seven o’clock. Ironically Gustavo’s family was staying in the same park, just four spots down on the other side of the road. With such a big day planned for tomorrow, Nicholas and Griffin decided to just relax and watch tv for the night. Morning would be there before they knew it.
BANG! BANG! BANG! Nicholas shot out of bed and nearly tripped over Griffin, still asleep on the couch bed, on his way to see who was knocking on their door. He flung open the door and there stood Gustavo with two coffee cups and a bag of donuts. “I brought you breakfast!” The young boy grinned.
Gustavo’s mom ran up, “Honey, I told you to wait until you saw them come out of their RV!” She looked sheepishly at Nicholas. “I’m so sorry if he woke you. He’s super excited for today.”
Nicholas wiped the sleep from his eyes. “No trouble at all.” He ruffled Gustavo’s jet-black hair. “Coffee is good.” He took the coffee and the donuts from the boy. “Thank you so much. This was very nice of you.”
Gustavo smiled. “Ok! Great! See you at the park!”
Two hours later, after an hour-long instructional video inside the hot training room, Nicholas, Griffin, Gustavo, Gustavo’s fourteen-year-old brother, Lorenzo, and his sixteen-year-old sister, Olivia followed their instructor up the tallest dune. “Now I know everyone wants to fly but understand on this training flight you’ll only be going like ten feet off the ground and landing at the bottom of the dune.”
They all groaned in unison, but they said they understood. Lorenzo went first, then Olivia. They did just what the instructor said. They flew ten feet off the ground and landed a little way away from the dune. It was Gustavo’s turn next. After he was strapped in, he ran to the edge of the dune and took off. The wind gusted and instead of floating to the bottom of the dune, Gustavo was picked up and flew up into the sky. At the bottom of the dune, Lorenzo was cheering and waving, and Olivia was recording it all on video.
Griffin was immediately concerned. “Hey, Mr. Rudolph, I think you better call this in. Get a lifeguard out to the beach.”
“No. He’s not heading for the water. Don’t worry. He’ll land any minute.”
Griff turned to his friend, “Nicholas, go to the training center,”
“But, Mr. Rudolph said,”
“Nick! I study the winds, so I know where and when to surf! Do you trust me?!”
“With my life. I’m on my way.” Nicholas turned and ran toward the training center to get help.
“That’s not,” Mr. Rudolph started to say.
“You’re useless. Shut up!” Griff yelled, kicking off his flip-flops and then took off as fast as he could toward the beach. He ripped off his tank top and threw it behind him as he ran.
As the wind died down, Gustavo’s hang glider started its decent. His yells of joy became screams of terror when he noticed that he was no longer over land. He was on a sharp dive into the Atlantic Ocean.
Nicholas had to practically drag the on-duty lifeguard out of the training center. “Where? I don’t see any… oh my…” The lifeguard took off running as he spotted the hang glider bobbing in the ocean fifty yards offshore. Nicholas left his flip-flops and shirt behind and ran after the lifeguard yelling Griffin’s name.
Nicholas got to the shore and scanned the water for his best friend, extremely concerned at this point. Then he saw something moving in the water, Griff’s strawberry blonde hair and tanned shoulders surfaced. He had one arm wrapped around the smaller body of Gustavo and he was swimming toward shore. He waved the lifeguard away and swam in. Griffin stumbled out of the water with the ten-year-old in his arms and collapsed on the beach.
The lifeguard took the boy from Griffin and Nicholas knelt down to check on his friend. “Hey. You ok?”
“He couldn’t get out of that damn thing, Nicholas. It was sinking with him in it.”
“You saved his life, Griff. You’re a bonified hero.” Nicholas brushed the hair out of Griff’s face and kissed him on the cheek. “Let’s forget about these lessons and get you back to the RV.” Nicholas helped Griffin to his feet.
Before the boys had even taken a step, Gustavo’s mom and siblings rushed up to him. “You saved his life they said!” Gustavo’s mom, Emily, said.
“I did what anyone would have.”
“You saved my little brother’s life. You are my blood brother forever.” Lorenzo said.
“We can never repay you, Griffin.” Emily said through tears.
After many hugs, Nicholas and Griffin made it back to their bicycles and headed back to the RV.